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Birds and Birding

birders_sweetwater_tbwfGetting Started With Birding

Tucson Meet Your Birds! Whether you want to identify birds in your yard or you are interested in going on field trips with others, birding is a wonderful pastime. Learn about birds, where to find them around Tucson, and get tips and suggestions to help you get started in birding.

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Full Field Guide Birding Apps. What’s in an eGuide?


With the proliferation of the use of smart phones and tablets these days, it’s only natural that an explosion of applications (or “Apps”) has followed this trend. Sorting through all of these to see which might be the most useful to the average birder takes time and the recommendations of others who have them. In this article, I’m only going to focus on five Apps that are considered “full” field guides.


Economics of Birding and other Watchable Wildlife

Birders Mean Business! People who watch birds in our state generate a total economic impact of $1.4 billion each year. Tucson Audubon is raising the awareness within government and the business community of this fact and the issues around it, particularly that conserving wildlife habitat makes economic sense for our state as we focus more on attractive, rather than extractive, industry to create a cleaner and more sustainable future for southern Arizona.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Birds

Have birds and birding questions? Tucson Audubon has answers! Check this page first for your inquiries from how to feed hummingbirds to why is that bird pecking at my window?


Tucson Audubon Library

The Tucson Audubon Society Library is located at our Main Nature Shop, (southeast corner of University Blvd and 5th Avenue.) Library Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. For any questions regarding the library catalog, call (520) 629-0510.



The Tucson Bird Count is now being coordinated by the Tucson Audubon Society in partnership with University of Arizona.

If you are interested in helping with the Tucson Bird Count, please take a look at the maps and route descriptions below. If you would like to adopt a route for the 2013 spring count, please contact Jennie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Arizona Christmas Bird Counts

The National Audubon Society has conducted Christmas bird counts since 1900. Volunteers from across North America and beyond take to the field during one calendar day between December 14 and January 5 to record every bird species and individual bird encountered within a designated 15-mile diameter circle.


Tucson Audubon's Birdathon

Birdathon is fun for everyone! Join a team or a trip, and go out birding. Support a birder or raise money for your own "-athon" from supporters. All registered Birdathoners who raise at least $50 receive a limited edition Birdathon t-shirt.

Donations are used by Tucson Audubon Society for conservation of bird habitats. Birdathon is an important way to share the excitement of being outdoors and watching birds while raising funds to support the programs that make this region a better place.


Arizona Important Bird Areas Program

iba_logoThe Arizona Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program at Tucson Audubon is an exciting, active, field-oriented, community-engaged, science-based and conservation-focused program to benefit Arizona’s bird populations of greatest conservation concern, and other native biodiversity, and their most critical habitats and sites!!


Free Birding Field Trips

fieldtrip2General Information: Tucson Audubon leads over 150 free field trips every year! Contact trip leader for more information about each field trip, or contact the Interim Field Trip Coordinator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Southeast Arizona Rare Bird Alert

RCWAThe Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert is updated every week! Find all the info you need for the latest rare birds in southeast Arizona. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email rarebirdalert.